Construction work has forced the move of the 67th Montana East-West Shrine Game to Butte’s historic Naranche Stadium, West team coordinator Jeff Hartwick announced Wednesday.
“We’re very excited to play in Naranche Stadium,” Hartwick told ButteSports.com Wednesday. “It’s going to be a good experience for everybody involved.”
The game, which was played in Butte at East Middle School’s Bulldog Memorial Stadium three years ago, was scheduled to be back there when the game came to town July 20. Delays in work being done on the stands forced the move to an alternate location.
District employees readied Naranche Stadium two weeks ago for the Bob Cleverly Class C All-Star Football Game on June 1 on short notice. No issues arose, building confidence for another short-notice event in the Shrine Game.
The Shrine Game raised more than $100,000 for the Shrine Hospital in Spokane, Wash., when it was played in the Mining City in 2010.
Players report to camp on Saturday, July 13. The East team will make camp in Billings while the West team practices in Butte.